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Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Your Money: Before you donate, find information about charity

Americans are generous people, and their spirit of giving soars during the holidays. The Better Business Bureau offers tips to help ensure that your donation does the greatest good.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Don't fall victim to fake debt collectors

With recent actions by federal prosecutors against rogue debt collection companies, many consumers are even more suspicious of those calls asking about a past debt.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Don't get scammed by 'white-van deals'

It is known as the "white van" or the "parking lot peddler" scam. People driving white vans or sport utility vehicles pull into a parking lot to display their wares.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Kelvin Collins: College students at high risk for identity theft

Information sharing has become second-nature to many college students. Unfortunately, this also makes them more susceptible to scams and fraud.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Action steps to keep your money in event of a business's bankruptcy

When a retailer closes their doors, customers are often left confused and wondering what will happen to purchases they've paid for but haven't received. The same applies in situations where ...
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Scammers now targeting utility customers

Have you paid your utility bill? Chances are that you have, but that isn't stopping scammers from taking advantage of consumers by impersonating utility company employees looking to deactivate for ...
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Marketing pitch can be scheme in disguise

Many people have found success in direct selling for companies that use a multi-level compensation plan.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Directories offer little more than food for ego

If you are a professional in your field, you might be offered the chance to appear in a vanity publication. Don't believe the hype. Many of these publications do nothing more than boost your ego ...
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, July 21, 2014

How to spot a survey scammer

We have all seen the ads, "Take our short survey and receive a $50 gift card!" Offers like this claim to be gathering customer feedback for legitimate businesses, however, many might be promoting ...
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Scammers use newer spoofing technology

Scammers are using caller ID spoofing technology to impersonate the phone numbers of local businesses, neighbors and even you! Watch out for this wacky twist on the classic phishing phone scam.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Your Money: Help for hiring pest control professionals

When your pest problem gets too big for a fly swatter, a mousetrap or a do-it-yourself spray, it's time to call in a professional service.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Keep your college scholarship search safe

If your child is a junior in high school, now is a great time to start looking for college scholarships. The deadlines are months away, giving you and your child a head start on applications, ...
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, May 2, 2014

Your Money: Safe Mother's Day shopping tips

It's almost Mother's Day. The Better Business Bureau sees lots of scams that focus on holiday shopping.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Your Money: Don't fall prey to springtime scams

The Better Business Bureau has some steps you need to take before paying someone new to do work on your home.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Repaying debts with refund has its rewards

Do you spend weeks each spring eagerly anticipating your income tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? You're not alone.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tricks used to get by 'do not call' regulations

One of the most consistent complaints we receive at the Better Business Bureau is from consumers receiving repeated annoying calls from sales organizations despite being on the Do Not Call list. 
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Beware of advance-fee loan scams

Consumers nationwide continue to be victimized by sophisticated loan scams that demand up-front fees for loans that are never delivered.
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Your Money: Read fine print on fitness facility

If your plans for the new year include joining a health club, the options may be overwhelming - everything from specialized high-tech weight-training facilities to YMCA all-purpose gyms.
By Kelvin Collins

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Consider these tips going into new year

While making your New Year's resolutions list, did you include goals on budgeting and spending wisely? The Better Business Bureau encourages consumers to take charge of their finances, shop and ...
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Read privacy policy on 'Dear Santa' sites

Many domain names and apps have been registered in the name of Santa, offering children a wide range of opportunities to email and interact with St. Nick. Sadly, some of the sites aren't always so ...
By Kelvin Collins
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